September 30, 2010

Irrigation System Components

Filed under: Irrigation Systems,Underground Sprinkler System Service — admin @ 12:55 pm

Installing an automatic sprinkler system by April  Showers Irrigation and Lighting Company is a home improvement project worth considering. Not only will it help maintain a healthy beautiful landscape which you can enjoy with your friends and family, but it’s the most convenient and efficient way to ensure your landscape gets the water it needs without over-or under-watering. When it is properly installed and maintained an automatic sprinkler system will help conserve water too.  This video by Rain Bird is an introduction to spray heads, nozzles, rotors, rotary nozzles and impact sprinklers. Thanks again, Rain Bird for this easy to understand video!

September 28, 2010

Automated Sprinkler Systems, New Jersey

All About Automatic Sprinkler Systems

Want to know more about how automatic sprinkler systems work? Tired of dealing with hoses and watering by hand? Looking for helpful watering tips?

The video below will take you through the basics of automatic irrigation — including how an irrigation system works, the different types of sprinklers and components used in a system, and some key terms and concepts like water pressure, flow rate and valve zones. April Showers Irrigation and Lighting Company will be happy to speak to you about your landscape sprinkler system.  Please call Renee at 732-752-8030 x113 to set up an appointment. Thanks Rain Bird for your great video!

September 9, 2010

Drip Irrigation for Formal Patio and Hot Tub Project

Filed under: Irrigation Systems — admin @ 11:27 am

New plantings have been installed at this beautiful project in Scotch Plains, New Jersey.  Next up, Drip Irrigation System.  Scott Sokerka of April Showers Sprinkler Company describes the preparation work to be done and tells us the importance of drip irrigation for newly planted trees and shrubs.  In a future blog,  Scott will  discuss landscape lighting to be installed.

May 17, 2010

Rain Gardens

Filed under: Rain Gardens NJ,Water Conservation — admin @ 2:08 pm

rain garden image-houseWhat is a Rain Garden?

There are many important reasons why you should be interested in having a rain garden. Rain carries pollutants like oil, chemicals, pesticides, and sediments into storm drains and ultimately into streams and rivers. A rain garden utilizes bioretention, where plants and soil remove these pollutants from storm water. Traditionally, curbs, gutters, and storm drains are used to carry runoff directly into streams and rivers without bioretention filtering. Rain gardens are built in low-lying areas using layers of soil, sand, and organic mulch that filter the rain. This soil absorbs and stores the rainwater and nourishes the trees, grasses, and other native plants. Thus, the rain garden filters and reuses the water reducing storm water pollution and providing attractive landscaping.

A rain garden is a shallow landscape depression incorporated into an existing landscape to treat storm water runoff  mainly  from roofs but also from driveways and patios.   A rain garden is designed to merge two important goals:  aesthetics and water quality.

Rain gardens look like regular flower gardens  and by using native plants, the design is natural and   is  a habitat to support birds and butterflies.  In addition to using native plant species in your rain garden, this is  an excellent way to increase native plants.

April 20, 2010

Tune Up Your Irrigation System with an Audit

Filed under: Irrigation Systems — admin @ 11:26 am

sprinkler imageAn irrigation audit consists of measuring and collecting data from the irrigation system on precipitation rate, uniformity and other metrics.  This irrigation audit information is then compiled and presented to determine effective ways to make the irrigation system more efficient.

Over 50% of outdoor water use is tied to lawn watering.  With an irrigation audit, we can eliminate water waste which results in a healthier lawn, healthier plants, and a lower water bill.  The average irrigation audit takes approximately 2 hours and when completed, you will get a report detailing the findings including water usage, areas to save water, as well as any other inefficiencies in the irrigation system.  Our customers are always amazed at the amount of money they can save with a relatively small investment in an irrigation audit.

When having an irrigation audit performed, it is important to find a qualified irrigation company.  Our irrigation company, April Showers, has employees on staff with national certifications in irrigation auditing.

For more information on doing an audit, contact Ethan Petro at 732-752-8030 ext: 103

April 19, 2010

Irrigation Systems in New Jersey

Filed under: Irrigation Systems,Water Conservation — admin @ 8:29 am


Proper Planning is the foundation of every irrigation system especially when creating zones for correct watering.  There are two major types of lawn sprinklers – spray heads and rotors.  Spray heads are typically used for smaller turf areas as well as plant material and flower beds.  Rotors are typically used on larger lawn areas and can spray from about 15 ft all the way to 80 ft.  At April Showers, we take pride in creating a lawn sprinkler systems that provides the greatest benefit for our client.  We consider water conservation on every project and work to incorporate water savings techniques to maximize the efficiency of the lawn sprinkler system while irrigating the entire landscape.

The layout and design of the system varies widely based on the plant material present, obstructions and the lay of the land.  For instance, in a hilly area the layout is completely different from a flat area.  Our systems are controlled with an electronic controller that takes the guess out of watering.  In fact, it takes it completely out of your hands.  We can even take it a step further and install an irrigation system that automatically adjusts the watering schedules based on actual weather data that it collects on a daily basis.  These systems adjust each zone individually to water only when it is needed

We use the latest in water conservation techniques ask our call center to explain Water saving devices like Rain Sensors and ET Based Controllers in detail at 732.752.8050

April 14, 2010

Drip Irrigation Water Conservation Specialists in New Jersey

Filed under: Irrigation Systems,Water Conservation — admin @ 3:18 am


We are committed to water conservation and use a variety of products to achieve that goal.  Water is a finite resource and the Earth’s greatest resource.  We are committed to preserving it.  One of the best ways to conserve water is to utilize drip irrigation whenever possible.  Drip irrigation is a low volume irrigation product and uses a very small amount of water. Whereas spray heads are approximately 60% efficient, drip irrigation is about 95% efficient.  Drip irrigation is one of the best ways to save money, save water and keep plants healthy and green.

Not only is drip irrigation efficient, it is also flexible.  Drip irrigation can be customized to water the most complicated areas, all while minimizing plant damage and runoff.  Drip irrigation is buried below the surface and allows us to water near a house without a chance of water getting into the basement or constantly spraying water on the house (virtually eliminating the chance of mold).  It is also easily modifiable so if you decide to change your plants or extend a bed, we’ll be right there to help since this is not a major project.

With a myriad of different nozzles,  sprayers, drip tube and emitter options, April Showers  has the equipment and the knowledge to get your project done on time and right the first time.